The Board of Directors
Menlo Park Academy's Board of Directors is responsible for setting the school's strategic goals and establishing policies based on our mission, state laws, and the school's charter.
The volunteer members of the Board represent a diverse set of professional backgrounds and have expertise in the areas of finance, education, technology, operations, non-profit organizations, strategic planning, and fundraising.
Teri Harrison, Board Chair
A founder of Menlo Park Academy, Teri Harrison has more than 20 years of technology management and team leadership experience. Early in her career, she managed a large property and casualty insurance business. She then spent over 10 years managing the messaging environment for a national law firm based in Cleveland, led a team of IT professionals for a large national bank for five years, and now works as a Messaging Design Engineer at Eaton. She holds a BSBA in Marketing and Computer Science from Ohio Northern University and has earned several IT certifications. Teri is the mother of two Menlo Park Academy alumni.
Fraser Hamilton is a self-employed environmental consultant, with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master's from Temple University. He also studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Dundee in Scotland. Mr. Fraser is the past president of the Euclid Youth Soccer Organization and still organizes the Organization's annual tournament. Fraser was previously a board member of the Euclid Cooperative Preschool and President of the Environmental Division of the Cleveland Engineering Society. He has also served on the Parish Council at St. Mary's Church in Cleveland. He is the father of two Menlo Park Academy alumni and a current student.
Dr. Richard Hronek
A co-founder of Menlo Park Academy, Dr. Hronek has 48 years of educational and leadership experience across the spectrum – elementary, secondary and college levels. Hronek earned his B.S. Ed from Kent State University and Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Akron. His experience spans classroom teaching through the superintendence. He has been superintendent of three traditional districts and a charter school management company.
Hronek has developed curriculums and programs for traditional, special needs and gifted students. He is a BASA Fellow of the Center for Leadership Development and on the leadership faculty for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
While Dr.Hronek was the superintendent of the Summit Academy Schools the organization grew from 9 to 26 schools in 3 years. He was director of the Lorain Gifted Academy until the closing and then became founding director of Menlo Park Academy. He has served on several local and state education task forces and is an advocate for gifted education.
Hronek is a Grand Trustee for the Sigma Chi Fraternity, working with universities and chapters in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and has served for 10 years on the leadership faculty. He has also been on the BSA Eagle Scout Board of Directors for over 12 years.
These experiences have provided him with an extensive educational background and expertise in leadership development, risk management, community engagement, fundraising, corporate networking, and strategic planning.
Dr. Hronek and his wife Cindy, a retired gifted teacher, reside in Avon, Ohio. They have two married daughters and are recent grandparents. In their free time the Hronek’s love to travel and share their experiences with the classrooms.
Cathie Leimbach, Board Secretary
Cathie Leimbach is President and Senior Consultant of Agon Leadership where she serves leaders, boards, and senior staff teams across the United States and Canada. Mrs. Leimbach earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master's in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph. She has worked as a business loans officer and as Executive Director for a province-wide professional development organization. She specializes in board governance, leadership team building, and strategic planning, and is the proud mother of two Menlo Park Academy alumni.
Dr. Suzanne McFarland
Dr. McFarland spent 25 years on the teacher education faculty at the University of Toledo and after her retirement was Head of Teacher Education and Coordinator of the Master’s Program at Defiance College, where she led the department through its first accreditation. She moved to the Cleveland area in 2006 to be close to family as she cared for her husband with Alzheimer’s. Prior to that, she spent 40 plus years in education. Dr. McFarland earned her BS in Elementary Education from Millersville University in PA, a Master’s degree from Temple University in Guidance and Counseling, and a Doctorate in Early Childhood and Child Development from Indiana University. She has taught preschool through sixth grade and spent 6 years as an elementary counselor.
Melissa Vlasak is a Senior Project Manager in the Information Technology department of an international law firm in downtown Cleveland. For over 25 years, she has been a leader and manager in the financial and technology industries. She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Ms. Vlasak earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University with a triple major in Finance, Real Estate, and Business Management. After several years in banking, she entered graduate school and earned her Master of Business Administration in Systems Management from Baldwin Wallace College. She is the mother of a Menlo Park Academy alumnus.
Stacy Stuhldreher, School Director
Stacy brings over two decades of gifted and talented program development and school leadership experience to Menlo Park Academy. Before joining Menlo, she served as principal in the Parma City, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, and Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts. Her team earned the 2010 Blue Ribbon Award from Providence House. She was nominated for the YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2013. Stacy and her STEM team were recognized in 2015 as WVIZ/PBS Innovative Educators for their work with infusing student ownership of technology into the STEM curriculum. Stacy is a graduate cum laude of the University of Mount Union and has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University.